Monday, April 30, 2012

Late nights, good days.

Got a late start to the day, but no problem there - we have been putting up more storage, arranging and doing all the things that make the house more of a home than a place full of stuff needing putting away, you know that feeling?  Good times, good times.

Got some pictures in but have many more to take this week.  Having fun painting and getting used to the light in our backyard, which is dappled and leafy green at the moment.  Makes for interesting photography, and I'm not complaining!  Just getting used to it. OH, and I think I am going to get one of those busts to photograph necklaces on:

Scheherezade - brass, vintage tassel, bead, glass, and key. Antique bone bead.

Tour D'Alchimie - Vintage pendants, glass beads, brass chain, steel.
Oh man - tomorrow morning, both cats go to the vet for their shots.  Please let it go smoothly!  I want to come home and make cool stuff.

xoxo Juliette

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

tomorrow's another day.

I spent today and most of yesterday sleeping.  Somehow this past infusion just sapped the energy out of me when it tends to do just the opposite, normally.  Anyway, I have so much on my mind, including a visit from my parents this Friday!  Excited to take them to the gallery to see work, and to see our new place.

I started work on these a while ago.  LOVE assemblage, but am still getting my 'feet wet' with it. 

'deer and headlight' - deer tooth, antique button, recycled beehive parts, copper, steel.

'everything is for sale' - milagros, vintage bar bead, antique advertisements, steel.

xoxo, Juliette

Monday, April 23, 2012

More pictures from my day yesterday.

hand cleaned, spun, and dyed bamboo fiber for weaving.
One wall of the artist's studio.

smaller pieces - these will be professionally framed.
One of my favorites.

Another tribal beauty.

I want this on my wall. I have dreamt of it on my wall!  It shows phases of the moon, and at the top are handmade star beads.

 Tomorrow I'll be 'transfusing', keep me in your good thoughts?  :)  xoxo Juliette

Sunday, April 22, 2012

what a day.

I know that the blog design now needs work, but I couldn't help it - I had to put up those colors tonight (a rack full of Doug's hand spun, hand colored and painted bamboo skeins)!  I'm dog tired but am on such a high after today.

So the visit to Doug's studio today was incredible.  It always is, but today was extra special, as I got a new commission to work with him at Open Studios this year, designing shawl pins for his beautiful textiles.  He gave me two bags full of threads, wool, alpaca, etc. - incredible treasure trove!  I must post them tomorrow when the light is good.  Here are some pictures of his work, with some of my pieces on (we were testing out colors and patinas to see what would work with what colors):

These shawls are from his 'sunrise sunset' series.  He wants copper shawl pins to go on these.
More pictures from the sunrise sunset series.  Doug is a MASTER of color.  The way he puts together color seems so effortless.  Whenever I go to his studio I come away full of new knowledge.
This has got to be one of my most favorite of his - the picture is not doing it justice, as it is more of a marigold yellow.  The sun was really getting bright here!
One of his smaller tapestries - this one has porcupine quills and tufts of alpaca in.
And that background I'm working on for this blog?  It comes from this beautiful wall of his woven skeins!  They are all spun, hand painted and dyed here in the studio.  I have some of them with me, and can't believe I do!!  And that tapestry in the back - it's incredible.  The arrow holder has a handmade branch at the end of it.  All of the beads and buttons on it are handmade.

Oh, so much to do!  But I'm happy tonight and wanted to share some of the day's bright colors with you.
xoxo Juliette

Saturday, April 21, 2012

So very tired today.

It's almost the day for my monthly infusion (this coming Tuesday), and I am really feeling the fatigue today.  But there is SO MUCH to do!  This house is still not finished, there is jewelry to make, I meet with an artist tomorrow for a collaboration meeting...there is no time to be tired.

Made these the other day with items from an exchange I participate in, one of the best things I've EVER had the joy of being part of.

Migration.  Vintage bone pendants, Thai Buddhist Mala beads from Numinosity

Looking forward to meeting with Doug tomorrow, my talented textile artist friend.  We are collaborating on some work together, and he said he's going to give me a bag of remnants from his weaving!  Serious treasures.  Can't wait!

xoxo Juliette

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Calder and Me.

I wish I had known Calder.  I only know him through my Mother's work as a docent at the San Jose Museum of Art years ago, where I took my first art classes.  They had a showing of his Circus, and it was all over for me.  As a (now former) dancer, I loved how wire could loop and form into such succinct and lively shapes (and creatures!).  My paintings at that time were all very lyrical and free form, mimicing the beauty of line.  So wire work, especially Calder's and later Picasso's, has influenced me for a long time.

Learning a LOT, however, from new friends I met through Etsy and on blogs I adore.  Work is taking a much more organic shape, but still retains the feel and line that I love so much.

Calder Tribute One:  Steel wire, small bones from I found this for you, bone mala beads from Numinosity and Belly Dance coins from Eclectic Tea

Unearthed:  Steel wire, ceramic beads (by me), bone mala beads by Numinosity.

Same earrings (Unearthed), different view.
Oops, here's Esme!

 xoxo, Juliette

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

in which work gets done.

Finally, a full day of working on new pieces.  SO long overdue, but that's what moving house does to you - Sparrow Salvage, my best wishes go out to you as you move house!  How smart, actually closing down shop for two weeks to focus on one thing.  Why didn't I think of that?

 Did a necklace and a pair of earrings today.  Didn't get out the light box, because I wanted to see how the sunlight in this new house, both inside and out, would work.


recycled tin, brass, afghani coin from Eclectic Tea, assorted beads and Tibetan skull bead.
African trade bead, petrified bone from I found this for you, antique Asian coin from Numinosity, copper focal me), brass chain and glass beads.

It's good to be back in the saddle.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Gallery sitting

The show is beautiful, and I am in the front gallery room, yeah! More to come, but I am texting and hate texting. Ha! Xoxo